Newcastle area 1930s Industrial Photo Collection

Not something I deal in a lot, but I am always fascinated by old collections of photographs and this collection of around 85 photos I have for sale on ebay (item 120765693901) has some really atmospheric pictures. It seems to have been put together by the North East Development Board, which was formed in around 1935 presumably to promote the area and its industry and workforce. There is an album of photos titled North East Development Board, Andrews House, Gallowgate, Newcastle plus a number of loose photos. The album includes inside views of a Hemp warehouse at Sunderland Quay, potters at work in Wearside Pottery, Wolsingham Steel Co. , Cochranes Foundry, Head Wrightson & Co, Darlington Forge working on Queen Mary sternframe, as well as outside shots of the Wearside Pottery, Blyth Harbour & Staiths, Doxford & Sons Shipyard, ICI Billingham photos  and some shots of the North East Products Exhibition 1935/6 at Bishop Auckland and Grainger St. Newcastle.

The loose collection includes some nice shots of the AS Wilkins Cremona Toffee factory (anybody remember that?), Sowerby Ellison Glassworks at Gateshead (inc. one of William Cowan, a worker of 60 years standing), South Shields dockyard making the ship “Tielbank”, Toffee Mixers at Dunn & Co. Sunderland (very dubious hygene standards!!), some shots of the NEDB stand at the British Industries Fair, North Shields Fish Quay in the days when it was full of fishing boats, Newcastle swing bridge in operation, Northumberland St as a thoroughfare in the 1930s, Food preparation at Joseph Lingfords Bishop Auckland, making parts for a Destroyer at R&W Hawthorn, Leslie & Co., Sunderland Forge and Engineering (including – shock horror!- one photo of female workers, but in the Light Engineering works) as well as some sites such as the Roman Wall, Cullercoats etc.. Not possible to show all the collection here but most pictures are viewable on the ebay listing and a great historical resource if you are from the North East.

Not sure how long the NEDB lasted. Does anybody have any more information on this organisation? If I cannot sell the lot together I will probably start selling the photos individually as many of them are highly saleable on their own, but nicer as a collection I think.

Dunns Toffee Works at least they are wearing white coats!!

A busy Northumberland St. Newcastle

Wm. Cowan 60 years at Sowerby's Ellison Glassworks, Gateshead


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Married to Barbara, two boys, work from home office. Trying to build my collectables hobby into a profitable business.
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4 Responses to Newcastle area 1930s Industrial Photo Collection

  1. Philip Robson says:

    Dear Sir,

    I am looking for vintage pictures from Newcastle..Like “A busy Northumberland St. Newcastle”
    Or bikerace in the 1930´s

    Do you have anything like that?

    Best regards,


    • Hello Philip
      Thanks for your interest. Unfortunately the Newcastle collection has sold (unfortunate for you maybe, but also for me because it was a wrench to sell this lovely collection), as that contained several busy street scenes of Newcastle. But I do have many old postcard views of Newcastle in my stock. Some of these are real photo views as well. Not sure about bike races, will need to check! Thanks Mike

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